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Malden resident Nichole Mossalam challenges in 35th Middlesex District race

Wicked Local Medford, July 27, 2020

Mossalam points to research by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center which found that cuts to the personal income tax since the late 1990s cost the state $4 billion annually.

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Trump seeks to squeeze immigrants out of apportionment

The Salem News, July 22, 2020

There are approximately 185,000 undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimated last year.

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Trump targets those in US illegally from reapportionment

Worcester Telegram, July 21, 2020

Approximately 185,000 undocumented immigrants are in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimated last year.

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’Everyone deserves to be counted’: Massachusetts advocates push back against president’s memo excluding undocumented immigrants from census count

MassLive, July 21, 2020

It’s unclear exactly how many immigrants without legal status live in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimated last year that 185,000 undocumented immigrants call the Bay State home.

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Massachusetts immigration bill’s biggest hurdle may be timing as it advances at end of legislative session, lawmakers say

MassLive, July 20, 2020

Massachusetts is home to an estimated 185,000 undocumented immigrants, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a liberal think tank. More than one-third have lived in the U.S. for five years or more.

The number of immigrants without legal status could be higher, but an exact count does not exist.

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Immigrant rights groups push for driver’s license amendment to Massachusetts Senate police reform bill

MassLive, July 18, 2020

It is unclear how many immigrants without legal status live in Massachusetts, nor is it known how many of them are of legal driving age. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimates 185,000 undocumented immigrants would benefit if the bill became law.

Such a law would also benefit immigrants with temporary permission to live in the U.S., such as those with Temporary Protected Status. TPS offers some foreign-born residents work permits for two years due to natural disasters, civil strife or other crises in their home countries.

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Groups seek to add immigrant driver’s license authorization to police bill

Commonwealth Magazine, July 17, 2020

Estimates from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center put the number of undocumented immigrants that reside in Massachusetts at 185,000, though the number could be far higher. Advocates say that 41,000 to 78,000 drivers could obtain licenses within the first three years of a change in state law to permit that. About 16,000 undocumented immigrants are estimated to be currently driving without licenses, including to health care and grocery store jobs deemed essential during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Guest columnist Jeremy Gantz: The end of child care as we know it

Daily Hampshire Gazette, July 17, 2020

Exactly how many preschools and child care facilities will close absent adequate federal support is hard to say exactly. But the best estimates to understand what’s at risk are very depressing. In late April, a Center for American Progress analysis found that about half of all child care slots in the country — 4.5 million — could disappear after being closed for more than two weeks without government aid. In late June, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimated that $690 million in aid is needed just to help early education centers in the state successfully reopen over the next five months.

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Burlington day care owner says strict rules a challenge; state discusses funding

Wicked Local Burlington, July 16, 2020

The left-leaning Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimated that early education and family day care homes will need $690 million over the next five months to successfully reopen, cautioning that child care is a key foundation for virtually all other economic sectors because it enables parents to work.

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Districts expecting less state education money

Bay State Banner, July 1, 2020

“We shouldn’t keep passing the buck,” said Colin Jones, senior policy analyst at Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. “It makes no sense for individual districts and child care providers to be going into a completely out-of-control market for PPE and equipment individually.”

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